Claremore Daily Progress

Education

May 30, 2014

Record number of RSU students entering medically-related schools

CLAREMORE —

A record number of Rogers State University students are heading to medically-related professional schools.
So far this spring, 12 RSU students have been accepted into medical schools, including the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, the OU College of Dentistry, OU College of Pharmacy, OU College of Allied Health, Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy.
This continues a recent trend which has seen more than 80 RSU students in pursuit of medical careers, move onto professional schools.
Dr. Keith Martin, dean of RSU’s School of Mathematics, Science and Health Sciences, expects that number to grow.
“Much of the significant success that this particular cohort of students have experienced can be attributed to the quality faculty and the advising and mentoring role that they have played in these students lives in the past 4-5 years,” said Martin. “Our faculty members embrace this role and share the sense of pride and honor when a student excels to this level.”
Cierra Lohaus is a first-generation college student from San Antonio, Texas,  who has been accepted into the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Class of 2018. She was in one of RSU’s science labs working on her senior research project when OSU representatives called with the good news.
Lohaus managed to earn a 4.0 in her major while playing all four years for the Hillcat women’s soccer team. 
“Spending countless hours in the classroom and on the soccer field wasn’t easy,” Lohaus said. “The early mornings and late nights have certainly prepared me for what’s to come when I start medical school.” 
Lohaus plans to be an OB-GYN after graduating.
Claremore native Byron Schroeder is graduating from RSU with honors, getting married and beginning school at OU within a matter of weeks this summer.

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